New Delhi: Supreme Court on Friday directed that day-to-day proceedings should be conducted by a special court against two Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen.

Pronouncing its order in connection with the case, the Apex Court also said that NIA can continue with investigations and the special court will handle no other case except the case against the marines.

The Supreme Court’s verdict came during the hearing of the Italian government's plea against the invoking of a stringent act and the NIA investigation into the killing of two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast by its two marines February 2012.

On Thursday, a bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice Vikramajit Sen deferred the pronouncement of its order which was listed Thursday, as it wanted the presence of Attorney General CE Vahanvati in the court.

Earlier, the order was to be pronounced Monday; the matter was deferred to Thursday, and then to Friday. The Italian government has contended that if convicted, its two marines would face death sentence, a mandatory punishment if a person is convicted under the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act (SUA), 2002.

The Italians have been contesting the jurisdiction of Indian courts in the matter, saying the incident occurred in international waters. The trial then shifted to the apex court, which has now deferred its judgment twice.

(JPN/Agencies)

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